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Rules for Social Media Use

February 2024 | Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Adult Down Syndrome Center

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Rules for social media use

  • I should have ONE account per social media platform.

    • Account settings should be private.

    • Location settings should be turned OFF on all apps.

  • If I would not show it in public, I should not share it online.

    • That means I should not share personal, private information or show private body parts.

  • Once I post something online, I can't take it back, even if I delete it.

  • If I would not say something to another person's face, I should not post it online.

    • That means I do not say mean things about someone or something.

    • That means I do not talk to people I do not know.

  • I should check my background when posting online.

    • Backgrounds should not show too much of private spaces like my room, house, school, or location.

  • I should not share something embarrassing about myself or someone else.

  • I should not post too many times per day. Some people recommend sharing no more than 1 time per day.

  • I should avoid Facebook quizzes. Facebook quizzes sometimes ask for private information.

  • I should not accept a friend request from someone I do not know.

  • I should not ask someone I do not know to be my friend.


More visuals are available in our Resources on Phone, Social Media, and Internet Safety and Etiquette article.

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